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For teenagers, honesty can come easy or hard, depending on the stakes.
This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives
Producer: Coronet Instructional Films
Audio/Visual: Sd, B&W
Keywords: Social guidance
Creative Commons license: Public Domain
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Subject: Good but somewhat contrived
Good points brought out about being honest, but the coach making a lesson of it with a blackboard seemed contrived. Enjoyed seeing the styles and mannerizms of the 1950 high school teenagers.
Subject: Campy Fun
Welcome back to you Rose, but now let's have a little skull practice....
FIND THE TRUTH
Subject: Rashomon, Coronet style!
This odd film is quite an oddity from Coronet Films. First, it opens up with a group of people and a narrator speaking into the camera. We're trying to figure out what really happens when a boy went into someone else's locker. Was he stealing something? Plenty of witnesses come forward, telling their side of the story, it's all quite interesting and gripping until the VERY STUPID AND PAT ENDING. You're left with a "suuuure" attitude that this REALLY happened and that the kid just made up that excuse.
And hey! It's Edward from Dating Do's and Don'ts! And Jason Priestley!
Christine Hennig -
Subject: How Honest Are You?
Jim sees Bob take something out of Ben's locker. Later, he sees Bob buying an expensive pen at the drugstore. Jumping to conclusions, he hints to his friends that Bob may be a thief and this ultimately leads to a big, soul-searching conversation in the coach's office among all parties involved about the nature of honesty. Although rather hokily presented, this film actually deals with some complex moral issues in a fairly intelligent way, especially for a Coronet film. Of course, the entire incident is the sort of problem we all wish we could have, but the moral principles could apply to more realistic situations as well. This is one of the few social guidance films I've seen that even comes a little bit close to achieving the lofty goals of its makers.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: **. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ***. Overall Rating: ****. Also available on Teenage Turmoil, Vol. 6